An unexpected benefit of going plant-based is a vegan mindset. Going vegan takes a lot of mental focus. This focus and choice create a lot mental positives. I describe five benefits in this video!
Vegan Mindset Benefits
Here are 5 mental positives that develop naturally as you change your life and shift to a vegan mindset:
Mental strength. Choosing to eat differently from society takes guts! By following your own gut, against the current, you become mentally tougher. You become mentally strong.
A deeper connection to your body. Eating plant-based really brings your cravings, hunger, satisfaction, and thirst into sharper focus. You’ll understand better what you body needs. You’ll gain skill in satisfying its signals. This will lead you to feel much more connected to your own body, which feels fantastic.
Glow. Glowing from the inside-out includes feeling good about yourself in your own mind. When you’re taking excellent care of yourself, for yourself, it brings your self-love to the front of your mind. And it shows!
Self-empowerment. Once you get the hang of living plant-based, you will have seriously leveled up, my friend! You will have powered yourself in a whole new way. And that self-empowerment will extend to every area of your life!
And one more… 😉
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Above all, remember, the world has so many reasons that you should go vegan. But you know what? Forget all of that. That’s right. Forget it! Don’t do it for them. Do it for you.
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Do you need to choose the perfect gift? Are you clueless about how to do that? I feel the struggle too. And that’s why I invented my own step-by-step theory of gifting. Because, honestly, we need one.
So here it is! My Theory of Gifting – to the rescue! Use this guide to select an appropriate (and wanted!) gift. Every. Single. Time.
Decide how long the gift should last. Small gifts are ones that expire quickly. Medium gifts should last about a year. Large gifts are meant to last forever.
Pinpoint whether a small, medium, or large gift is appropriate, from you. Do this by considering your connection to the person and the magnitude of the event.
Spend the right amount of money for the category you picked. You should spend very little on small gifts, a modest amount on middle-sized gifts, and a good sum on big gifts.
Make sure the quality matches the size. Don’t spend a bunch of money on a low-quality gift. Don’t buy a very cheap version of a forever gift.
Give without expectation of how your recipient will react or feel. Include a gift receipt. Give with positivity and love. Remember, gifts are just one way to show your love. It truly is the thought that counts!
What do you think about the Theory of Gifting?
What do you think about my theory of gifting? Will you try these tips? Do you already do these?
What would you add to the theory?
–> Please let me know by hopping over to the comment section on this YouTube video! Your thoughts will truly be a gift. 😉
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Here’s what it feels like when coffee fails me. I’ve been drinking coffee for hours, just to keep my eyes open. I feel like I’m trekking to the ends of the earth. My heart rate is heavy, my mind races, I’m dizzy and weak. Yet I also feel like shooting electricity from my fingertips? And not in a badass evil-emperor kind of way. More like a pathetic zombie-listlessly-searching-for-brains kind of way. (I thought this stuff was supposed to HELP.)
THIS, my friend, is what happens when coffee fails. When the miracle beverage is no longer “doing its job” of keeping you alert, awake, and kind of manic.
Why does this happen? Here’s the biological reason.
Coffee Doesn’t Give You Energy
The truth about coffee is that it triggers your body to burn its energy stores. The stimulation we feel from drinking coffee doesn’t actually come from the beans. It comes from us. From our bodies.
Yep. Coffee isn’t PROVIDING anything. Rather it is a trigger. A signal. A catalyst. Coffee tells your body to go into its reserves and light that stuff on fire!It does this by activating your fight-or-flight reaction, otherwise known as the stress response. One study found increased cortisol levels – which is the stress hormone – appeared in people all day after having their morning caffeine. And for those who hadn’t had caffeine in awhile, the substance boosted their cortisol considerably. Bam!
Long story short, coffee doesn’t bring any nourishment on its own.
Ever noticed how satisfying it feels to eat something sugary with your coffee? Or sugary AND fatty? Well, there’s a reason for that. Whether you pour it into your drink or eat it on the side, sugar and cream provide quick energy. That way, the coffee has something to help you burn. Often, this will give you with a big burst of energy.
But that burst is not going to last forever. And once the energy is gone, no amount of caffeine is going to replenish it, because that’s not caffeine’s jam.
So THIS is why drinking coffee when you’re already tired seems to “do nothing” (and maybe even makes things worse). Because it is lighting you on fire, even when you have nothing to burn.
So you’re NOT running out of coffee energy. You’re running out of personal energy. Then you become a zombie. Blurg.
When Coffee Fails, Actually Your Energy Fails
In my last year of writing my dissertation, I pushed myself over the edge. To a place where not even coffee could help me.
I felt obligated to spend every moment of my waking hours working on my PhD defense. Yet I knew it wouldn’t be enough.
I needed to be on point. At all times. I needed to be awake and INTELLIGENT. Not just barely able to prop myself up at meetings. My most intelligent self! [Insert expletive here]
No time could be wasted.
Coffee ran out of energy boosting power and left me weak.
I started to panic.
Geez, was I desperate. I was willing to try anything. And that’s when I figured something out. How to keep my brain in “I woke up like this” mode all day long. How to not need coffee at all. And I’m actually going to tell you what it is right now 🙂
The Solution: Replenish your Natural Energy (8 Ways)
Alright, so you’re going to be shocked (I’m sure). But my actual solution for when coffee fails to uplift you is to replenish your energy like nature intended – naturally! Or rather not deplete it doing stupid things. Here are my 8 favorite ways:
1. Eat Some Super-Healthy Food
Eat very healthy, raw, nutrient-dense food. This gives you real, pure energy that will burn for awhile, leave you feeling refreshed. Some favorites:
Meditating for just 1-5 mins is great for anti-anxiety, it calms your mind, and truly gives your more time and mental energy. I like:
4. Eliminate Distractions
Things like social media pull your energy away. Here are the top things to stop giving your energy away to:
Media & news
Fears of the future
Social Media in all its forms
5. Do Your To-Dos and NOTHING ELSE
Okay, this one really comes in handy before coffee fails you. (So you don’t get to that point.)
It is just so nice to hyper-focus because 100% of your available energy is on the tasks at hand (hypothetically). Once something is done and checked once just MOVE ON. Don’t keep re-reading what you did. Just focus on checking things off and that’s it. Believe me, its more powerful than it seems. You’ll get done faster. And won’t need another doubleshot.
6. Drink TONS of Water
If coffee fails you, perhaps you don’t need more. Although “basic,” some nice clear cool water may be just the thing for your tired brain! Heres’s some fun ways to get more of the life-giving stuff into your system (so that it can function properly):
Infuse your water with lemon, lime, cucumber, or mint
Try a sparkling water
Chug 8 ounces of water (see my post Mental Health Trick: Keep Dry Skin Happy for my quick-hydrating technique!)
Fill a big water bottle and drink it over 1 hour
7. Stand Up to Work
I know you’ve heard of the standing desk craze. Well yes, it is more healthy for you. But you know what else? It is also more energizing than sitting in your chair like a lump. Get up on your feet, blast some upbeat tunes, and watch yourself kill that to do list baby!
8. Have a Quit Time – and Obey It
To keep you motivated and avoid procrastinating (which also just drains your energy), have an absolute quit time (and not at midnight either). I’m talking a good old end-of-day stop time. With this in place, you won’t be quite so tempted to spend your energy on non-critical tasks and chit-chat. And without those things, you’ll have more energy to spend on what you consciously deem important.
My Philosophy: Only Coffee-Up When You Have Energy to Spare
Am I 100% against drinking coffee? Absolutely not.
Am I 100% against drinking coffee when you’re hungry and dead-tired? Yes. 🙂
If you need to get things done, taking care of yourself is a WAY better option than drinking coffee. Counter-intuitively, some self-care actually works to boost your energy. Believe me, I finished my PhD using these tricks. Ultimately, I couldn’t do it without my health. ♥
What if you could do EVERYTHING you wanted to… every single morning? What if you had an amazing morning routine? That’s the question I asked myself one Sunday.
I had just finished writing in my journal. I love writing. And I casually thought, “Oh, I’ll do this again tomorrow for sure.” Then it hit me. I wasn’t going to be able to write in my journal tomorrow. Or the next day. I had work. Suddenly, I was suddenly very sad.
Then I thought, “Why not? Why CAN’T I write in my journal tomorrow? Or do anything else I want?”
The answer came quickly: Because my mornings “belonged” to work. Duh. My mornings were not my own. They belonged to my job. Along with my energy. My time. My thoughts. And my dreams.
As soon as I realized I had this mindset, I decided to change it. So I did. For the next week, I woke up earlier and gave myself writing time. It was lovely! But not only that, it was game-changing.
The Morning Routine Snowball Effect
Now that I was setting aside time for myself, I started doing a bit more each day to make my mornings enjoyable. I started making myself a nice cup of tea. Then I added breakfast. After a while, I slapped a 10-min meditation session in there. Before I knew it, I had created a morning routine! I’m delighted to present you my “Extra AF Morning Routine.” Because it really is extra. Then, I happily show you my method so you can make one of your own.* *Btw, my goal here is to inspire you to enjoy your life. Not to make you feel inferior. If you don’t do this stuff, cannot do it, or simply don’t want to, that is 100% fine! Like, I want to inspire you to “do you.” Not to be me. So with that in mind, please prepare yourself for some mega morning inspiration!
My Morning Routine Checklist
I have a checklist with each of these items on my phone. I use an app called AwesomeNOTE. I’d say I do about 80% of these every day, roughly in this order. Okay, let’s wake up! 🙂
1.Remove self from bed
Yes, I literally have this on my checklist. It can be the hardest part! Plus, it gets me to look at the rest of my list.
2. Put on pants (2 mins)
Or a robe or whatever. Some mornings it is so cold, I want to stay in bed FOREVER to keep warm. So I’ll put on sweatpants, a robe, and/or a huge comfy sweater immediately to keep that cozy feeling!
4. Brush teeth, scrape tongue, & splash water on face (5 mins)
Yum, pepperminty freshness! I’m beginning to feel human.
5. Make lemon tea or lime tea (5 mins)
Boil some water. Cut a lemon (or lime!) in half. Squeeze juice into a mug, and pour hot water on top. Check button on the list! Apparently, this is super healthy for your innards.
6. Open curtains (while water boils)
Heaven let your light shine down!
7. Meditate (10 mins)
I meditate 10 mins in the morning. Sometimes I use an app. Sometimes just a timer. It feels seriously amazing and is linked to a ridiculous amount of benefits. It reminds me that I’m alive and my energy is MINE.
8. Light stretch (2 mins)
After sitting still for 10 mins, you’ll want to stretch. Move whatever feels good! Yawn.
9. Breathe fresh air (1 min)
I open up the front door and take a few deep breaths! Sometimes I scare a bird or two… heh.
10. Journal & sip tea (30 mins)
Now it is time for my favorite activity of the day! I sit down with my journal and pens. I write as long as I want to. Usually, my tea is the perfect temperature right now, so I sip it. Sometimes I write only a few sentences, sometimes I write a few pages, and other times I stare out the window. If I don’t use the full time, that’s fine. But I still block it off and respect my precious journal time!
11. Quick little workout (30 mins)
I’ll spend no more than 30 mins donning workout clothes, stretching, then doing a quick workout. I’ll go for a 1 mile run or do a couple Blogilates workout videos. Or do yoga from an app (or simply from memory). This is such a nice thing to do for yourself! Your sense of accomplishment will be sky high! Also, it is a hack of “highly successful people.”
12. Recover and de-sweat (10 mins)
Stretch and prevent yourself from smelling weird all day 🙂
13. Put on actual clothes (10 mins)
I allow myself to enjoy the process of getting dressed, but sometimes I enjoy it too much. So I squash this part after my workout and before food! This prevents me from trying on 1 million outfits, then going with the first one anyway.
14. Make breakfast (5 mins)
Usually, I have pre-made breakfast ready to go. Like homemade granola, granola bars, banana bread, or some overnight oatmeal. Sometimes I’ll make a smoothie. Why do I make breakfast easy? Because I get so hungry I can’t think. Also, I’m expecting this breakfast to give me at least 6 hours of hearty energy, so I go for nutrients.
15. Eat breakfast (10 mins)
I challenge you to do nothing but EAT during breakfast. Try it. Don’t look at anything on your phone, don’t read, and don’t listen to a podcast. Instead look at your food. Taste it. Smell it. Enjoy it. Be grateful for it. Go slow. It feels lovely. Don’t you love food? Surprisingly this doesn’t take very long at all but feels like forever (in a delicious food way).
17. Pick up around the house, water plants, make the bed (10 mins)
I take a little time to put away my breakfast, clear daily clutter, water a few plants, then make the bed. It feels good to spruce up my space. I’ll pick up only: trash, recycling, shoes, clothes. Very adulting. Don’t get carried away tho (no scrubbing okay?).
18. Hair and face (10 mins)
I give myself the chance to enjoy fixing my hair and attending to my precious face. Sometimes I’ll get into my makeup. Some days I decide to simply shine my innate beauty (its pretty bright). Here are my Daily Hacks for Happy Winter Skin!
19. Pack bag (5 mins)
Along with important items like keys, wallet, phone, laptop, I take time to pack a water bottle. Maybe a snack. I make sure I have tissues, deodorant, gloves, etc. Any little things I might want or that the season might call for. Very classy.
20. End of routine!
Now that I’ve enjoyed my morning thoroughly, my work has permission to begin!
→ → ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED during morning routine (trust me):
Social media. Checking email. Returning texts. Let the world think you’re sleeping. Shh…
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Benefits of a Leisurely Morning
Now let’s see how long that took altogether: 145 mins! Oh my! Adding some restroom time and that’s about… 2 1/2 hours.
Before you freak out, allow me to dissect the time and few reasons why it is worth it: ENJOYMENT & EXTRA ENERGY
You will actually WANT to get up and do your favorite things, so there’s no need to account for hitting snooze.
You won’t have to experience stress first thing in the morning
You’ll be STICKING IT TO THE MAN who says “Your morning energy is MINE wahaha” (I think)
I use this routine to manage depression and anxiety symptoms.
You will be FULL OF ENERGY and have a super effective day.
I did say this was “Extra AF”
PROVING YOUR TIME IS YOURS
You must do many of these things anyway! Like put on clothes, brush your teeth, and pack your bag. Why not track them?
Lots of workplaces are flexible with time. So see about beginning your workday a bit later.
If you’re a student, maybe you can plan your schedule with this in mind 🙂
Entrepreneurs – I bet you have some control over your availability.
You can easily cut out the workout and/or cleaning to save time
So why is it “worth it?” Because you are worth it. And you’ll be worth more today if you energize first thing!
How To Make Your Own Morning Routine
Find your anchor. For me, it is writing in my journal. Not only is it the thing that drives me to look forward to morning times, but it is the central, core component of the morning routine.
Sit down and write out a list to answer the question: “What would I love to do every morning, which brings me joy?”
Write out a second list to answer the question: “What do I really NEED to do every morning?”
Combine the lists and adjust for reasonability (Maybe you can’t go to a cafe in Paris every morning, but I bet you can mimic the ambiance of that experience by making yourself a homemade latte, then sipping it in your dining room while playing cafe music. Why not?).
Estimate times for each item, then calculate total time.
Set your alarm accordingly!
Try this for 5 days in a row (for reasons to NOT TRY IT ONCE THEN GIVE UP, you might enjoy my post How to Set the Bar Low).
After day 5 assess and adjust (I adjust all of the time)!
In closing, I know this is crazy. I know this routine is huge and extravagant. But you know what? It is amazing. And life-changing. And really not that weird (if you want to conquer life on the regs). 🙂 So make one. Try it. And then tell me what’s on your own crazy list.
In this post, I discuss why keeping dry skin happy is one of my favorite mental health hacks. Then I show you my favorite ways to do it.
Why Dry Skin is a Mental Health Foe
I am convinced that extremely dry skin is a mental health issue.
Why? Because it hurts!
It leads to bleeding knuckles for goodness sake!
Is there any symptom more motivating than blood loss, I ask you? Absolutely not.
Pain is actually a very helpful thing. It alerts us when our body is in trouble, hurting, or damaged. Therefore, painfully dry skin is actually a signal that something is wrong. A part of our brain hears something like this:
PAIN! SOMETHING IS WRONG! ALERT! DAMAGE IMPENDING! [actual transcript of my skin]
In the past when I had mega itchy skin, and these signals were flying all over, I would just ignore it. Amazingly, my body just got drier. This continued until my skin felt like it was no longer sufficient to cover my organs. Sooo painful. Yet somehow I remained mystified as to why I “felt bad.”
One day, I did something truly crazy. I hydrated my skin. Heavily. An entire bottle of olive oil may have disappeared. And you know what? It felt AH-MAY-ZING. And now I’m never going back to the land of dry cracked lips.
Keeping Skin Happy Feels Amazing Inside and Out
My vision of mental health is feeling GOOD. I want to feel peaceful, vibrant, and well. These days, nothing makes me feel all glowy and positive faster than tending to angry skin. Why? When I tend to my painfully dry skin, I prove to myself that I can overcome any assaults to my wellbeing.
When I tend to my painfully dry skin, I prove to myself that I can overcome any assaults to my wellbeing.
And it just feels great too. So not only is skin hydration some much-needed body love and kind maintenance, it is a physical signal of care and love sent to my nervous system and brain. What could be more lovely than that?
Ten Dry skin cures to improve mental health
I highly encourage you to pamper yourself this week with some skin hydration hacks. Here are my favorite ways to do it! I’ve listed these in order of craziness.
10. moisturize in the morning
Add the fun and soothing activity of slathering lotion, lip balm, or coconut oil on your skin as part of your morning routine.
9. Drink more water with each Sip
I used to take one sip, then put my glass back down. Now I go for gold! For example, I’ll take 8 small gulps at once. Each is about one ounce. Just like that there’s 8oz of fresh water in my body. Try taking on a greater challenge each time you pick up your cup. Your innards will thank you. This also works great with herbal tea and infused water!
8. only remoisturize 1-2 more times a day
Do you slather on lotion constantly? I find when I do this I am treating symptoms instead of the root cause. So I try not to treat dry hands and lips with lotion and lip balm more than 1-2 extra times a day. Instead I do it by drinking more water, and feeling the difference. Allow the dryness to be a signal to drink more water.
Your body is constantly regulating the balance between water and salt. Use your cravings as a guide. If you just KEEP DRINKING WATER and STILL FEEL DEHYDRATED, you probably need a little salt, my friend. Trust your gut. Literally.
This locks in moisture for days, trust me. It just feels so amazing mentally to pamper yourself this way too! Let it dry while you listen to something soothing. Then adorn pajamas for a comfy evening!
4. Stop soaping all of the time
When you shower with soap, you’re washing away your body’s natural oils, along with other things you might want to get rid of. Try not soaping your entire body every day. Try washing only your naughty bits in between showers. And dry shampoo. I’m actually in love with dry shampoo.
3. Marinate your entire body in oil
Emergency! I do this when I’m seriously in skin distress. If you’ve ever been outside on a super cold dry day, you know what I’m talking about. Grab a bottle of olive oil, coconut oil, an avocado, or a bunch of fresh aloe. Head to the bathroom and turn on the hot steamy shower. Put on some music and light a candle for ambiance: its time to rub that stuff all over your skin! It SERIOUSLY feels like my skin is drinking water when I do this. Ahhhh…. Chill out for awhile in the spa-like atmosphere, until you’re ready to rinse it off.
2. Use natural products
It is becoming greater public knowledge that many companies put additives into their products that cause a negative cycle of dependence. That is, their products contain ingredients that actually damage your body. For example, some products are intentionally designed to make your skin immediately moist, but then much DRIER after several hours. This prompts you to use the product more, and thus to need to buy another bottle. This makes me so angry I have to stop talking about it now. If I don’t know what the ingredients are in something, I honestly don’t trust it. Try organic companies who don’t advertise. I like: Nature’s Gate, local goat milk lotion (life changing!), and good ol’ coconut oil. You can also look up your products on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. It is fun and revealing!
1. Mist your skin like a movie star
I spray water, coconut oil, and essential oils on my face from a tiny little spray bottle. You know what, it makes me look like a movie star. And it feels so heavenly. Like seriously, try it.
BONUS: Also pee
Finally, a reminder. Don’t wait until your kidneys hurt to pee! Listen to that innate bladder signal. Peeing is good. Urination is normal. It is a badge of honor to have clear, un-smelly pee. And bonus! Peeing when needed alleviates unnecessary pain. This in turn increases mental well being (any time of year).
Go forth and pamper!
Thank you for reading! I hope these inspire you to nourish your mind and crackly skin. Healthy skin for the win!
VIDEO: In this video, I share how I cure my migraines without prescription painkillers.
I’ve been getting migraines since age 8. Let me tell you, they come with lots of weird symptoms, which I describe in the video below.
My story is that in my early 20s, I was treating my migraine symptoms with prescription painkillers. Regularly. Often. Too often. So I made a decision to treat my migraines without pills.
It has taken me about 10 years to develop all of the methods and tricks that I use! But to be honest, I can now confidently say that I cure my migraines, alleviate my pain, and regain functioning. And all of this is without painkillers (pills or otherwise).*
I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but we are currently in the middle of an opioid epidemic. I personally believe that sharing how I treat pain without heavy painkillers is one of the best things I can do to help prevent it spreading. <3
So, without further ado, here 7 things that I do to cure my migraine pain naturally. Enjoy!
[*DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR. This does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to substitute for medical advice. This is simply my experience. If you follow any of this advice, you are doing so of your own free will and accept all liability. I am not liable for any actions you take as a result of this advice. If you are in acute brain pain, PLEASE seek help IMMEDIATELY. Do not just sit here and watch my video. Brain pain can be a symptom of more severe conditions such as a stroke or seizure. So, seriously, if your brain hurts a lot all of a sudden, get help, my friend.]
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